Excuse the quiet website. We ended up staying out from 7 pm until sometime past 5 am for Nuit Blanche. I was worn out enough to allow a cold lurking just below the surface to finally strike. I've been saving my energy for getting the house ready for Halloween.
Our first stop was to Playdead Cult (website currently under construction) at 1233 Queen St West. You have to love a place that has a hearse out front waiting to greet you. Normally, you can find everything from hand painted guitars to t-shirts here, but on this night it was all about celebrating Dia de los Muertos.
The decor was lively and bright, blending traditional aspects of the holiday with modern urban items. Visitors could paint their own skulls or create papel picado banners (made by cutting out decorative patterns in paper). Or they could sit back, relax, and take in their surroundings.
There was a dancer in veils who performed while balancing a sword on various body parts. Life size reaper-creatures walked the floor and were greeting people on the street. It was all very beautiful and the perfect way to start the evening.
Though I was interested in seeing what might come next, I knew I had a long night ahead of me and needed to move on.
Playdead Cult will be hosting Nightmare on Queen St, a haunted attraction running from Oct 26 to 31st. Check out their MySpace page for more details.
Below are a few photographs I snapped before heading on to the Horroridor (more on that soon).